Creative Transformation Of School Buses Into Mobile Tiny Homes

It used to be that the picture of the American dream included 2.5 children, a car to impress the neighbors, and a tidy home, the bigger the better, with a white picket fence. Fast forward to 2017 and cue the “record scratch” sound effect. Welcome to the new dream homes. While Norman Rockwell towns and big houses will likely always have some appeal, we’re seeing more and more minimalist apartments and tiny homes, adaptively reused spaces, and even treehouses!

And for those who aren’t rooted to a single location, converted vans and buses decked out as beautifully functional roaming homes. Lured by the idea of escaping the mortgage miasma and rent rut, a new generation of nomads is proving that a life fueled by wanderlust doesn’t require a trust fund. It seems that the American dream is getting a bit of a makeover.

Photo: Outside Found

Whether you’re considering a camper van, shipping container, or tiny home, there are many options for downsizing. One medium you may have not considered has been gaining traction in the #VanLife community: the school bus conversion, otherwise known as the skoolie.

Compared to smaller, more compact RVs, skoolies are a larger option for DIYers wanting to hit the road. They do take a lot of work; transforming one from a kid-hauling bus to a traveling home is no small task. They can also be expensive to fuel, hard to park in cities, and as some adventurers discover, more appealing as an idea than in reality.

What Is A Skoolie?

In a nutshell, a skoolie is a school bus that has been retired and decommissioned from use on a school route and then been converted into a recreational vehicle. Converting a school bus into a motorhome is not a new idea and has been around for decades. However, only in the last few years have people been more intrigued with the freedom that living in a skoolie could provide.

Skoolie Definition
A retired school bus repurposed by means of converting it into an RV or recreational vehicle. Skoolies are also known as a motorhome or a tiny home on wheels.

Skoolies have the amenties and space we want to be able to still travel, run our business online and launch our next research project. Things we were looking for in a skoolie were things like a comfy bed, a small living room, a kitchen to cook amazing meals in and space to tote around our camera gear.

Throughout the years, many folks have themselves converted an old bus into a unique RV home. Most people who embark on this DIY have the same goal—nomadic living. Here are two families who have made their dreams a reality.

OUTSIDE FOUND CAN HAVE ADVENTURES ANYWHERE.

Will and Alyssa are two bloggers and adventurers of the website Outside Found. They work for themselves, and as a result, can be anywhere. In the spring of 2015, they converted a bus into a tiny 200-square-foot home. The couple started by buying a 2001 GMC BlueBird for $5,500 and then spent months designing and preparing the layout.

Photo: Outside Found

Photo: Outside Found

Photo: Outside Found

When you step inside, the bright and airy space doesn’t feel like a bus at all. The area directly behind the driver’s seat is their “living room,” which includes a couch with integrated storage underneath. Moving beyond that space is their kitchen. It features the comforts of a more conventional home with a gas stove and fridge; the couple even says the kitchen is larger than they had in their first apartment. Across from the eating space is the office with a slightly lofted bedroom in the back.

Photo: Outside Found

Photo: Outside Found

Will and Alyssa’s home has a feature you wouldn’t expect with a converted school bus—a garage! The rear-end door opens to reveal their bikes, backpacking, climbing, and kayaking gear.

THE MIDWEST WANDERERS CAN COMFORTABLY GO OFF THE GRID.

Luke and Rachel Davis, aka the Midwest Wanderers, are another couple who bought their own school bus and now live life on the road. They traded in their 1,500-square foot conventional home and together with their young child (and dog), find “freedom, adventure, and interesting people” in a 220-square-foot skooly.

Photo: Midwest Wanderers

Photo: Midwest Wanderers

Photo: Midwest Wanderers

The project took the family a year and a half to complete, but once you’re inside, it’s easy to see why. Not only did the they transform the space into a cozy abode, but they also raised the vehicle’s roof. The ceiling is 20 inches higher than a conventional school bus, but the nearly two feet make a big difference. “It does not feel at all like a bus,” Rachel remarks.

Take a tour of the Midwest Wanderer’s converted school bus in the video below.

School bus conversion inspiration

Check out some other skooly transformations.

Photo: Hank Bought a Bus

Photo: Hank Bought a Bus

Photo: Hank Bought a Bus

Photo: Hank Bought a Bus

Photo: Hank Bought a Bus

Photo: Our Dharma Tribe

Photo: Our Dharma Tribe

Photo: Our Dharma Tribe

Photo: Our Dharma Tribe

Photo: Our Dharma Tribe

Photo: Jake Von Slatt

Photo: Jake Von Slatt

Photo: Jake Von Slatt

Photo: Jake Von Slatt

Photo: wpi Creative

Photo: wpi Creative

Photo: wpi Creative

Photo: wpi Creative

20 Incredible Images of the Olympics’ Athletes That Show What the Human Body Is Capable of

Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been the topic of the internet recently. Even though there was a delay due to Covid, a lot of athletes were in excellent shape to bring golden medals to their countries. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games launched on Friday 23 July with the opening ceremony, although the sporting action actually kicked off a couple of days earlier. It all comes to an end on Sunday 8 August, with the Olympics officially lasting a total of 17 days.

I can’t even imagine the joy one experiences when they have that gold medal around their neck. All the hard work, the sacrifice pay off in the best way possible. And this is not just a personal win, you’re representing a whole country that has its eyes on you in that moment of competition.

What we see on the TV are just the results of a long preparation. If the athlete wins we are proud, if they lose, we are quick to judge. However, today we want to give you the real image of what happens behind the scenes. There are a lot of things these athletes go through in order to achieve that shape and get qualified for the Olympics. Therefore, today we are bringing some of that footage that often goes unseen. Scroll down below to check it out. And let us know what you think of this year’s Olympic games.

1. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz became the first Olympic gold medalist for the Philippines

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2. 8 F**king times in Olympics. Take a bow

3. This was Canadian Mark McMorris 11 months ago. Today he is an Olympic Bronze medalist. Amazing.

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4. Feet from Dutch Olympic swimming champion Maarten Van der Weijden after swimming 163 km/101 mi in 55 hours to raise money for cancer research

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5. After sixteen stages in Tour de France I think my legs look little tired

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6. In 2009 J.R. Celski sliced through his entire left quadriceps with his right skate blade at the U.S. Olympic trials

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My first major sports injury happened at the 2010 U.S. Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials. It was the competition I had to do well at in order to secure a spot on my first Olympic team. The fall happened in one of the last races of the competition, the 500 meters, known for absolute top speed. I fell in the corner and put the front six inches of my blade straight into my quad. I bounced off the pads with the blade still in my leg, looked down, and had to pull it out myself because of the awkward position that I was in.

I completely severed the VMO “teardrop muscle” and luckily barely missed the femoral artery which might’ve been the end. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever gone through, especially because in the moments after, I started realizing that I might not be able to achieve the goal I set out for in the first place. If not for the people around me including my family, friends, and medical staff, I wouldn’t have been able to get back on my feet, especially in time to go to the Olympics and win two medals.

7. The Difference Between Gold and Silver in the 15km mass start Biathlon

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8. I Was Born With A Condition: Pectus Excavatum. Which I Know Sounds Like A Harry Potter Spell. My Deformity Began Appearing Around Age 10

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My name is Cody Miller. I am not a typical Olympic swimmer. Like most sports the taller you are the better… Most swimmers are incredibly tall, well above 6ft… I’m 5’11 and only weigh 170lbs. More often than not, I’m the smallest person in the pool.

My condition puts stress on my respiratory system. Tests have shown that my sunken sternum and odd placement of other bones have caused a reduced lung capacity… To what extent is unknown. Doctors have said my maximum breathing capacity is likely reduced by 12-20%. Also… I’m diagnosed as asthmatic… Which I learned, from studies run on me in college, has nothing to do with my pectus condition. I live with difficult circumstances as a swimmer. Despite my disadvantages, I’ve dedicated my life to swimming… And I’ve never given up. Like a lot of you, I have struggled with body image problems throughout my life. I struggled with my appearance from a young age. I was a kid who was afraid to take off his shirt in gym class… people thought I was weird. At swim meets, I walked around the pool deck awkwardly while people stared and pointed at me.

I was weird and abnormal… However, I’ve realized this: No one is 100% satisfied with the way they look. Everyone has something about themselves they dislike. And that’s OK! Professional athletes, models… everyone has their own insecurities! I’ve embraced the fact that I have a giant hole in my chest! It’s OK! Monday night. June 27th, 2016 in Omaha Nebraska. USA Swimming Olympic Trials took place at the CenturyLink Center live on NBC, in front of a crowd of 17,500 people, I swam in lane 5 of the Finals of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.

Only 2 athletes per event qualify for the Olympic Games. 2 swimmers to represent the U.S.A in the 100-meter breaststroke… I’d been dreaming about this moment my entire life. One wrong move and it’s over… The pressure of a lifelong dream… Years and years of training. Thousands and thousands of hours of preparation for a race that lasts 59 seconds… 2 lengths of the pool… 1 start… 1 turn… 1 finish… 1 moment… 1 opportunity… I did it… The feeling is still indescribable… I qualified for the Rio Olympics. My new Olympic teammate and I hug. Seeing the Olympic rings next to my name… I try not to cry… I did… like a baby…

9. Never forget that Australia’s first ever winter olympics gold was won because the guy was coming dead last and everyone in front of him fell over.

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10. Team USA Basketball Player Deandre Jordan (6’11”) and Gymnast Ragan Smith (4’6″)

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11. An x-ray of a gymnast performing an exercise

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12. Leg muscles of the first perfect 10 in olympic history, at age 14. Nadia Comaneci

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13. Ex-World Champion Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Leg After A Race

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14. The hands of Olympic swimming champion van der Weijden after a 163km swim

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15. Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai’s right arm gave, ripping apart ligaments and muscle under the weight

He pushed himself to lift 148 kilograms (326.3 pounds) during the men’s 77kg weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

16. Acrobatic Gymnastics Elite And Level 10 Training Camp At Karolyis Olympic Training Site

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17. USA Men’s Volleyball Player David Lee 6’8″ and USA Gymnast Simone Biles 4’8″

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18. Anyone want to hold my hand

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19. Verified on the eve of US nationals

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20. When you spend every day on a bike vs. When you retire and ride casually

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